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Rape: Sentencing

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders convicted of rape were given indeterminate sentences for public protection in each of the last three years for which information is available. (179910)

A research study into prisoners received into prisons in England and Wales under indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPP) between April 2005 and March 2006 found that 46 IPPs had been given for rape or attempted rape. This research study involved confirming individual case details with prisons and has not been repeated. However, data held in administrative IT systems suggest the number of IPPs given for rape or attempted rape was around 170 in the year from April 2006 to March 2007, and around 140 from April 2007 to November 2007 (the most recent data available).

These figures have been drawn from data returns from prisons and administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.